Liverpool gaffer, Jurgen Klopp is hoping to help Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard become a successful manager.
The legend will begin the next stage of his career in February, when he joins the academy coaching staff.
Gerrard’s long-term ambition is to become a manager, and the 36-year-old will find a willing mentor in the current Reds boss.
“We had a very good, very long talk together,” Klopp said, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton, live on Sky Sports.
“Everyone in this room knows better than I do he is a wonderful guy and it was important to know what Steven wants and he said he wants to be a manager in the future. That’s cool.
“From my side I said everything I can do to help him on his way to be the best manager he can be, I am ready for this and I’d like to do it.
“Now he is at the academy it is good for us and for him it is perfect. Being a manager is a job you have to learn and when a person like Steven Gerrard and the player he was is ready to make the steps, that is wonderful news for football.
“Combining his playing experience with all the things he will learn from now on will be a bright future. It is brilliant.”
FA has confirmed they have charged Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger with misconduct following the match against Burnley.
The Arsenal manager was sent to the stands after disagreeing with Jon Moss for giving Burnley a penalty.
Wenger had a heated exchange with the fourth official in the tunnel, pushing Anthony Taylor, before they were separated by stewards. Arsenal went on to win the game with a controversial penalty of their own.
The FA confirmed on Monday afternoon that he has been charged.
“Arsene Wenger has been charged for misconduct following Arsenal’s game against Burnley on Sunday (22 January 2017),” a statement on the FA website read.
“It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official.
“It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.
“He has until 6pm on 26 January 2017 to respond to the charge.”
Ulloa handed in a transfer request last week, to try to force a move away from the King Power Stadium – he’s made just one Premier League start this season, after making 29 appearances in Leicester’s title-winning campaign. But the Argentinian has 18 months left on his contract, and Leicester turned down a bid of £9m for him from Swansea in the summer.
Claudio Ranieri has said repeatedly he wants Ulloa to stay at the club. Though he is currently unavailable because of a thigh injury.
Relations between the club and player are becoming increasingly hostile, with Ulloa’s representatives branding Ranieri “a liar”, accusing him of going back on promises of a new contract he made in the summer.
Josh Sims has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract at Southampton.
Sims, who made his Premier League debut against Everton last November, has agreed a new deal that will keep him at St Mary’s until the summer of 2020.
Speaking about his new contract, Sims said: “I’m absolutely delighted to signed a new contract with the club. I’m really happy that the club have put faith in me to offer me a new contract.
“I can’t really put into words how good it has been recently, but I just need to push on now and continue my progress. I can’t see why you wouldn’t want to sign here. This is definitely the club for me to help me progress and aspire to be like some of the other Academy graduates to have come through.”
Tottenham are looking at Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, according to the London Evening Standard.
The report claims that Ranocchia’s agent has been in England with a number of Premier League clubs having shown an interest in the 28‑year-old including West Ham and Hull.
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio values the player at £5million and the Serie A club could be open to a loan deal for the rest of the season with an agreement to buy this summer.
West Ham’s need for a new centre-half eased after they completed the £8m signing of Jose Fonte from Southampton last week. However, Mauricio Pochettino is now assessing Andrea Ranocchia and an injury to centre-half Jan Vertonghen could prompt him to make a move this month.
David Haye has stated that Tony Bellew is believing in his own lies and was nervous on their recent prefight meeting.
The two rivals will get a chance to end their rivalry when they meet at The O2 Arena on March 4.
Asked why Bellew questioned his heart, Haye exclusively told Sky Sports: “Because he needs to. He needs something to get confidence from, and won’t get confidence from my attributes. So he says that I’ve got no heart.
“He went to back to 2001, back to 2004. This is how far back he went to find these moments where he believes I swallowed it.
“Sometimes you say things so much, you start believing your own lies. The reality of the situation is that he knows how athletic I am, and how hard I hit. So unless he’s going to get a chin transplant…
“He was super-jittery, and super-nervous. He looked fat. He looked like he’s going to get knocked out, real quick.”
Jurgen Klopp has revealed his captain, Jordan Henderson still has a heel problem and is playing through pain.
The England international missed three games due to the injury, but has played in the matches against United and Swansea.
However, Henderson is still contending with discomfort as Liverpool closely manage the problem.
Asked if it was similar to the heel issue Henderson struggled with last season, Klopp said: “It is different – similar but still different. We know much more from last year about it.
“We don’t train a lot in this period between the games so instead of running one day, when the players who have played 90 minutes are running for recovery, he is on the bike – that is maybe the only difference with what we do with him.
“The rest is how I said – you don’t use the phrase ‘bite on his teeth’ [grit his teeth]?
“You know what it means, it is not the moment to feel nothing, he always feels a little bit, but he can cope with it.”
Former United player, Jonny Evans says United record goalscorer, Wayne Rooney still has a lot left to offer in his career.
The Manchester United captain scored his 250th goal on Saturday, edging him ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton in his 13th season at the club. He joined United as a teenager in 2004.
The Northern Ireland international, who left United for West Brom in 2015, told the club’s official website: “It is not only the time that he has played for Manchester United, but you must also consider he has played in the majority of the games every single season and at the intensity that he plays the game.
“It is just incredible the way he has done it. He has still got plenty more years in the tank as well, he is still scoring goals for Manchester United and I think he will get quite a few more before the season is over.”
He added: “I was at his debut when he scored those goals as well, as a youth player in the stands and as a fan.
“That was just mind-blowing to see what he did on his debut. I even remember he had to cut his shirt because it was too tight around his neck!
“He was a man before his time and what he did that night was special. It laid the foundations for him going forward to become a Manchester United legend.”
Tottenham are looking at Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.
West Ham remain interested in signing Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass, who was left out of the squad at the weekend.
Chelsea trio Gary Cahill, John Terry and Steve Holland went to visit Ryan Mason in hospital.
David Sullivan has vowed to “work around the clock” to secure new players for West Ham as the January transfer window enters its final days.
Marseille are expected to test West Ham’s resolve this week, with an improved bid for Dimitri Payet.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Kelechi Iheanacho is staying at Manchester City in the near future, according to his dad.
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has urged Adnan Januzaj to prove his toughness in order to succeed on loan at Sunderland.
Yaya Toure has said that now may be the time for referees to be given video help when it comes to making big decisions.
Man City are still being linked to former Stoke and Blackburn player Steven N’Zonzi, according to reports in Spain.
Man City players have been paying tribute to a former City ballboy who has died of cancer.
Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Adam Lallana as part of a bumper double summer swoop also involving Tottenham’s Dele Alli, according to reports.
Hollywood A lister Will Ferrell was in attendance at Anfield as Liverpool hosted Swansea on Saturday lunchtime.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has called for the club to make a move for Southampton star Virgil van Dijk.
Andros Townsend will seek clarification on his future this week after being axed by Sam Allardyce from the Crystal Palace starting XI, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
Newcastle United have been linked with a move for eastern European wonderkids Filip Benkovic and Ante Coric – according to reports in Croatia.
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Garry Monk described talk of domestic and foreign interest in Chris Wood as “stupid speculation” and insisted again that Leeds United would only see arrivals this month after the striker moved to the brink of 20 goals for the season.
Derby boss Steve McClaren says he let Andreas Weimann join Wolves on loan because he had several players in his squad competing for one spot in the first team.
WIGAN EVENING POST
Warren Joyce has revealed the club are making slow progress in their attempts to bring Ravel Morrison to Wigan Athletic.
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson is engaged in a race against time to sign a right-back ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
EASTERN DAILY PRESS
Sergi Canos could seal a return to Brentford this week with the Bees set to step up their interest in the Norwich City wide player.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is being lined up as another loan signing for Hull City head coach Marco Silva.
EXPRESS & STAR
Aston Villa are aiming to complete a double swoop for Barnsley duo Conor Hourihane and James Bree in the coming days as boss Steve Bruce targets a late play-off push.
Contract talks between Chris Brunt and West Bromwich Albion are ‘advancing’ as the 32-year-old moves further into the final year of his current deal.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce had Barnsley duo Conor Hourihane and James Bree watched one final time ahead of their expected arrivals this week.
Swansea City are among clubs showing an interest in Sunderland’s Dutch international defender Patrick van Aanholt, according to reports.
Shrewsbury Town chief Paul Hurst is targeting another centre-forward after admitting his options in attack are still light.
Jurgen Klopp has stated he will not be signing any new defenders despite the poor showing of his defenders.
Liverpool have only claimed one win in their last six games in all competitions, dropping points against Swansea, losing 3-2 at home.
Defensive mistakes led to the first two goals by Swansea, with Matip missing in the squad .
But the manager feels that a forward line shorn of the Africa Cup of Nations-bound Sadio Mane and the injured Philippe Coutinho as well as a poor team approach to defending is to blame.
“We missed Sadio… we missed Phil for a time… we missed Joel Matip,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s second leg against the Saints.
“As much as I like Sadio, it’s not that we had problems because we missed Sadio. We made other mistakes, not because we’re not scoring enough goals. We scored enough goals to win the games.
“You always speak about defence, or players. I speak about the whole defence of the team. If it was to buy one player and fix it, I’d be silly not to do it but it’s not that simple.
“I knew about the problems we had after Christmas and that was disappointing. I saw before the game [against Swansea] that we are back on the right track and we could see the freshness coming back in training.
“But then we have this game and it’s not so nice. But that’s part of life too.
“We had a long meeting after the game so I’m ready for the rest of the season. We’ve come through a very intense period.”
Didier Drogba has pulled out of a move to Australian side South Melbourne at the last moment due to logistical issues.
Didier Drogba is currently without a club after leaving MLS side Montreal Impact at the end of last year and is believed to be looking to extend his playing career by at least one more season.
According to SBS, Drogba had agreed terms with Aussie outfit South Melbourne, who are bidding to join the top-flight A-League in 2018, but decided against the move as it would have meant spending a year in limbo beforehand.
“We were pretty close… terms were agreed but where we had difficulty with keeping him interested during the period in which we could not play in the A-League, assuming we are successful in our bid,” said South Melbourne chairman Bill Papastergiadis.
“But if we were to get in we couldn’t play until the season after next. Drogba basically said: ‘I like it but what I am going to do in the interim for a year?’ We had everything in place, other than that.”
Christian Pulisic has extended his contract at Borussia Dortmund to 2020.
Christian Pulisic has featured 19 times despite competition from the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Andre Schurrle, Marco Reus and Emre Mor .
“Christian is already an important figure within the team and, like Julian Weigl, set to become a cornerstone of our sporting future,” said Zorc.
“I still have a lot to learn,” says Pulisic. “Here in Dortmund I find are the best conditions for me. And here I have the chance to play in front of over 80,000 spectators. We have the best fans in the world – it can not be better.”
Pulisic joined Dortmund in early 2015 and made his first-team debut a year later. He has made a total of 31 competitive appearances for Dortmund, scoring four goals and setting up a further seven.
Ryan Mason, who fractured his skull in the match against Chelsea, is awake and speaking, according to Hull City.
The former Tottenham man was involved in heavy head collision with Gary Cahill and received treatment on the pitch for almost eight minutes, before heading to the hospital for surgery.
Cahill and Terry already visited the midfielder in the hospital. And Hull captain, Mike Dawson has also paid a visit.
A statement read: “The club can confirm that Ryan has been visited this morning at St Mary’s Hospital by club captain Michael Dawson, club doctor Mark Waller, head of medical Rob Price and club secretary Matt Wild.
“Ryan has been speaking of the incident yesterday and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days where the Club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary’s.”
Tributes and well-wishes have poured in to Mason, with Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale – a former Tottenham team-mate – and England striker Harry Kane among the stars to offer their support.
Hull said: “Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours.”
Pedro has called teammate, Diego Costa the perfect striker and he’s certain he’s happy at Stamford Bridge.
Costa scored his 15th goal of the season against Hull City, returning to the squad after missing the match against Leicester.
Pedro believes the Spain international is important to the squad and has compared him to Ibrahimovic.
“He is a very good striker. I have played with important people, important players like Ibrahimovic,” Pedro is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “Costa is a very good striker too, a very good runner, strong physically and he scores more goals for the team. He is perfect for this team.
“With the team, he [Costa] has been training very well, with his team-mates,” Pedro added. “He is very happy to be here in the club, this is the most important thing.
“His focus is on the team, the game, this season, to fight for this title. It’s good for the team. This ambition Diego shows is good for the team.”
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the club want to bring in new recruits this month, but are finding it “difficult” to get deals over the line.
Liverpool are now 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea following a 3-2 defeat to relegation battlers Swansea City at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Liverpool are keen to make new additions before the window closes next week, but has suggested that there will be little in the way of transfers.
“I understand it is absolutely normal for people ask whether we should have brought players in,” Klopp told reporters. “It is not that we don’t want to bring players in – we do. The situation is yes, on the one side it is pretty simple, but on the other hand it is pretty difficult.
“The thing is, the players we want because we think they help us, the clubs don’t sell. It is not about money in this situation, it is the [January] transfer window. Clubs are saying, ‘No we have half a year to go. We cannot find another player like this. We prefer to take money in the summer than a few pounds more in [January]’.
“If the right decision is not possible in signing the right player, then you cannot make the wrong transfer. It is not as if there are 20 players out there who could make this team stronger, who are running around and are available. That is why I say we know the situation, we are prepared to move, but for the right player. We are not the only side who can decide the outcome of that though, eh? The selling club makes the decision too.”
Atlanta university, Georgia Tech has introduced an undergraduate course titled “Exploring the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice.”
The course’s curriculum is built around the study of the sound of trap music. Students enrolled in the course will have to research and analyze the metadata of soundscapes and social impact from artists including Goodie Mob, UGK, T.I., Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Future, Migos, e.t.c as well as highlighting the intergenerational tensions and discourse about Lil Yachty’s artistry.
The class will also touch on legendary artists like 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Nas, N.W.A, Public Enemy, Lil Kim, Lauryn Hill and work from producers like Shawty Red, Metro Boomin, Mike WiLL Made-It and Zaytoven.
The professor in charge of the course is Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, an Atlanta native and Hip Hop scholar whose ethnographic studies extend from the Harvard Hip Hop Archive to Virginia Tech. She’s an Emmy award-nominated documentary film producer and is widely known for her renowned TEDx lecture “The Outkast Imagination”. She’s also featured in the hip hop documentary The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise In The Rap Game.